In his first story for TIME, Jon Meacham address a simple question: “What if there’s no hell?”

He looks at the “growing furor” over a new book by a pastor who says there may be no hell and that anyone can have a place in heaven no matter their sins. Meacham writes that Bell’s book, Love Wins, “has ignited a new holy war in Christian circles and beyond…. To take away hell is to leave the church without its most powerful sanction.” The pastor says, “I have long wondered if there is a massive shift coming in what it means to be a Christian. Something new is in the air.”

Read the story here.